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NEWSLETTER    << N°  61 >>   2006.05.15  

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COMMUNICATIONES N. 61

 

JACQUES OF JESUS OCD (PERE JACQUES)

THE CLOSING OF THE PROCESS FOR THE SERVANT OF GOD

 

       On the 31st March 2006, in the chapel of Avon Priory, Mgr Albert-Marie de Monleon, Bishop of Meaux, presided over the closure of the diocesan process in view of the canonization of the Servant of God, Jacques of Jesus ocd (Lucien Bunel).

       Arrested for having hidden Jewish children, Pere Jacques was deported. His attitude in the camps showed him to be a Martyr of Charity.

       The process began in 1997.

       The Definitor Robert Paul, the Provincial and a number of Friars were present. At the meeting we could see members of Pere Jacque’s family, some of his former pupils and people who had been deported with him.

       Fr. Philip Hugele, Vice-Postulator took an oath to carry all the documentation with him to Rome.

       We hope and pray that the Lord will bring this good cause to a good end.

 

 

ANNE ELIZABETH of the TRINITY

 

Lisieux Symposium:

         The Lisieux sanctuary has just organized a three-day symposium entitled Praying with Therese and Elizabeth from April 28th to May 1st.  130 people attended the symposium which was organized by Fr Philip Hugele, Prior of our centre in Lisieux.  The two speakers were: Francois Marie Lethel and Jean Clappier.

       The first day dealt with Therese of Lisieux’s prayer, the second with that of Elizabeth of Dijon and the third consisted of a discussion.  The symposium was introduced by a TV presentation on the life and message of Elizabeth, directed by Charles Sawaya of the Lebanese Province.

 

Dijon Diocese, France:

         The opening of the diocesan centenary year of the death of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, will take place on June 11th 2006, the solemnity of the Trinity. It will be presided by Mgr Roland Minnerath, Archbishop of Dijon in the Church of St. Michael.

 

 

OCDS SYMPOSIUM

 

         The Secular Order held a national symposium in Sologne, 5th – 8th May, on the theme of: Interiority in the service of the world.

       135 people replied to the invitation.  There were seven speakers, including a mother, Conrad de Meester (Flanders), Louis-Marie Sylvain (Avignon-Aquitaine), Fr. Didier-Marie Golay (Provincial of the Paris Province). A Nun from a Carmelite congregation also came. Fr Denis Chardonnens, the Provincial of Avignon-Aquitaine, coordinated the various discussions.

 

 

CONFERENCE AT THE BERNANOS CENTRE

 

       The Paris Province together with the Bernanos Centre (Paris) organized two meetings to study the spiritual message of Elizabeth.

       On the 24th May, her life will be presented on a DVD, directed by Dijon Carmel, then Fr Didier-Marie Golay, the Provincial of Paris, will present the essential themes of her message. To finish, a member of the Secular Order will speak of Elizabeth and her role in their life.

       On the 31st May, three Carmelites will speak on the following: Elizabeth and Priests (Fr. Didier-Marie Golay, ocd), The prayer to the Trinity (Fr. Denis-Marie Ghesquieres) and Mary, gateway to Heaven (Fr. Guillaume Dehorter).

 

 

GENERALATE – THE PARISH OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA

A celebration of two centenaries

 

         On the 11th June 2006, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, Cardinal Paskai Laszlo, will preside at a Eucharist to mark the beginning of the centenary year of the death of the Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, as well as the first centenary of the parish.

 

 

INAUGURATION OF A NEW CENTRE OF SPIRITUALITY

 

       The first centre of Spirituality in the Tamilnadu Province, India, was inaugurated on the 20th April 2006 by our Fr. General.  The local Bishop blessed the Centre in the presence of Fr. Maria David, Provincial of Tamilnadu, and a large number of priests, religious and laity.

       In his brief address Fr. General noted: “How dedicated you are to evangelization and to the development of your people.  Jeevan Jyothi will try to respond to the spiritual and human needs of the Church and the people, through a life dedicated to study according to Christian and Carmelite spirituality”  Fr. General congratulated the Provincial and those of the past for their efforts to establish this Institute to promote our own apostolate. Fr. Perianayagam, ocd, the director of the Institute’s programme, presented to the people the Centre’s annual programme.

       When it is finished, the Institute will be able to offer hospitality to 60 people who wish to study there. Besides this Institute there is another house for the promotion of spiritual exercises and ecumenical, inter-religious dialogue.  The Provincial also has another Centre for spiritual exercises in the south of Tamilnadu.

       At a time when we lament the shortage of vocations, in many parts of the world, Fr. General had the joy of being present for the priestly ordination of 11 deacons from the same Tamilnadu Province, on the 21st April 2006.

       Our prayers and well-wishes go to the Province and to the newly ordained priests.

 

 

DEATH OF SR. CRISTINA KAUFFMANN, OCD

 

       Sr. Cristina, born in Switzerland, entered Carmel in Spain, died aged 66 on the 18th April.

       She was known and appreciated in various parts of the Carmelite world, above all in Carmelite Spain. She participated with her reflections in the renewal of the feminine side of Carmel. The media in Spain had heard of her personality and her death. 

 

 

FIRST CONGRESS OF PARISH PRIESTS IN LATIN AMERICA

Lima, May 1-7, 2006

 

 

       It was organised by the Carmelite Commission for Latin America, May 1-7, 2006, in Lima, Peru.  25 parish priests from our parishes throughout Latin America took part in the congress.

       The theme was: “To follow up the First Internacional Congress of Parish Priests” (Colombia May 2-9, 2001) and the document that came from the encounter: WITNESSES TO AN EXPERIENCE OF GOD – Global plan for Carmelite Parishes, with the goal of defining certain pastoral practices and ways of living for our parishes in each region of Latin America.

         The speakers were: Mgr. Norbert Strotmann, Bishop of Chosica; Dr. Jose Luis Perez, Doctor of Sociology and Fr. Francesco Javier Jaramillo, ex Carmelite Definitor General and experienced in carmelite pastoral practise.            

Among the important conclusions was: The religious community is the coordinator of the Parish Pastoral activity, by its prayer and apostolic life, directing its study and formation to the service of the parish.       

 

TERESIANUM : NOMINATION

 

The Definitory General, at a recent session on April 24, 2006 nominated:      

 

Fr. Silvio José Báez, of the Province of Central America:

Vice-President of the Pontifical Faculty of the Teresianum, and

Director of the Review Teresianum

 

Fr. Francesco Romano, of the Tuscan Province:

Professor of the same Faculty


     


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